Accelerating Retrofits in Commercial Buildings
Helping commercial building owners to reduce emissions, lower costs and improve building performance. This pilot project is now closed.
About the pilot project
In Calgary and Edmonton, the building stock accounts for 40 to 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve meaningful emissions reductions and address our current climate crisis, we need to reduce energy use in our building sector.Read the full announcement
Deep energy retrofits of our current building stock need to be done quickly and at scale. Traditional auditing processes can be time-consuming and expensive, making it difficult for building owners to retrofit their buildings.
To help identify energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings faster, digitized approaches can be used to rapidly collect and present building information.
That is why Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, with support from the RBC Foundation’s Tech for Nature, and in partnership with software provider, Audette, launched our Accelerating Retrofits in Commercial Buildings pilot project in September 2021.
Building owners received a digital, simplified, low-carbon retrofit plan and accompanying business case.
By participating in this pilot project, commercial building owners were shown retrofit opportunities that will allow them to achieve emissions reductions, lower costs and improve building performance.
Pilot Project Results
We worked with 7 multifamily and commercial building owners from Calgary and Edmonton to analyze 78 buildings, providing a detailed low-carbon analysis of their building portfolios.View Building Analysis Dashboard
13Mt of greenhouse gas savings were identified, over 22 energy efficiency measures, which could result in $674 million of carbon cost savings for the building owners over the next 28 years. Learn more about our process and what we learned in our final report.
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The participating building owners, equipped with low-carbon retrofit plans, can pursue opportunities to implement their building upgrades, including working with alternate financing models.
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About the Climate Innovation Fund
This project is possible with funding from Alberta Ecotrust's Climate Innovation Fund. The Climate Innovation Fund targets the major urban greenhouse gas emissions sources in Calgary and Edmonton.
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